(Editor's note: This is the ninth part of our special Video Preview, a close look on the 10 teams competing in the NCAA basketball tournament this season.)
PERPETUAL Help is on a mission in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament – to prove that last year’s Final Four appearance was no fluke.
With the team’s 10-8 (win-loss) record from last year serving as yardstick, veteran mentor Aric del Rosario is keeping his fingers crossed that the fire in the Altas’ will remain in the hope of equaling, if not surpassing, the success of Season 88.
“Syempre pag malakas ang kalaban baka ma-tsambahan namin,” said del Rosario.
“Yun bang hindi mo inaasahan na mananalo ka, pero mananalo kami. 'Yun ang gusto kong ipakita sa mga tao na meron kaming sorpresang pwedeng talunin yung malakas,” he added.
The multi-titled former University of Santo Tomas coach has now finally settled in his job in his second season with the Altas. And based on the team’s promising showing in the preseason, del Rosario hopes their performance will carry on through to the NCAA season.
Even though the school lost star shooter Jett Vidal, the Altas are banking on senior players Chris Elopre, Nosa Omorogbe, and Anthony Paulino to pick up the cudgels in the team’s bid for a first-ever league championship.